Freshman Admissions Requirements
We feel for you as you navigate these challenging times and hope you and your family are finding ways to celebrate your incredible achievements while staying healthy and safe. If you’re not sure you meet our admissions requirements, haven’t yet taken or weren’t able to re-take the SAT or ACT, or don’t have an official high school rank, no problem. We will holistically review your application based on your GPA and other academic criteria.
If you need help with applying, getting your transcripts or answers to your questions – whatever you need, we are here for you.
When to apply: Apply Now! Though, our priority date is Aug. 1 and we’ve waived late fees. However, we’ll take applications after this date.
How to apply: Learn more about the application process.
Guaranteed admission requirements
You are guaranteed admission to UNT if you:
- Rank in the top 10% of your high school class and submit SAT or ACT scores
- Rank in the next 15% and have a minimum 950 SAT/1030 New SAT* (combined Critical Reading/Verbal + Math) or 20 ACT
- Rank in the 2nd quarter and have a minimum 1050 SAT/1130 New SAT* (combined Critical Reading/Verbal + Math) or 23 ACT
- Rank in the 3rd quarter and have a minimum 1180 SAT/1250 New SAT* (combined Critical Reading/Verbal + Math) or 26 ACT
- Are a registered participant in UNT's Eagle Advantage program
* Combined Critical Reading/Verbal + Math on the SAT administered prior to March 2016. After March 2016, the score will consist of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section + Math section.
Individual Review of Application
If you’re not sure you meet our admissions requirements, haven’t yet taken or weren’t able to re-take the SAT or ACT, or don’t have an official high school rank, no problem. We will holistically review your application based on your GPA and other academic criteria. This review is an automatic process whenever the Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines that an applicant does not meet official UNT minimum entrance requirements.
Through our review, we look at more than just your grades. We look at many factors and these may include, but are not limited to:
- High school attended
- First-generation college attendance
- Employment experience
- Special abilities such as bilingual proficiency and meeting family responsibilities
- Individual achievements
- Leadership activities
- Public service
- Extra-curricular activities.
Upon review of the application file, the Admissions Counselor will forward a letter to the student stating the options for possible admission to UNT.
These options may include:
- Submitting new entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT);
- Attending a community college and completing 30 or more college level hours with a minimum 2.25 GPA;
- Duplicating college level work in which the student received a "D" or "F" to improve college GPA;
- Submitting two letters of recommendation and an essay (personal statement) addressing their education and career goals.
Test Scores – SAT or ACT
If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT or are unable to retest, you can still join the Mean Green Family by simply applying via ApplyTexas or the Common App and we will holistically review your application based on your GPA, class rank and other academic criteria.
If you have taken the SAT or ACT, we can also accept a PDF of the score report directly from the high school counselor or registrar official email.
If you are planning to attend UNT as freshman for Fall 2021, all applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. The writing portion of the exam is not required.
In addition, state law TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Policy (UAP) requires applicants to four-year public universities to meet college readiness standards through completion of a high school graduation program or equivalent or through SAT or ACT score benchmarks. If you attend an out-of-state high school, you are exempt from the UAP.
Students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution:
- Successfully complete the Foundation (HB5), Foundation with Endorsements (HB5), Distinguished Achievement (HB5), Minimum (UAP), Recommended (UAP) or Distinguished (UAP) high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them;or
- Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent* in content and rigor to the Foundation, Foundation with Endorsements, Distinguished Achievement, Minimum (UAP), Recommended or Advanced (Distinguished Achievement) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
- Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment
- SAT - 1500 out of 2400 (for tests prior to March 2016) or 1090 out of 1600 (for tests March 2016 to present)
- ACT - 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science
*Equivalencies must be documented by the student’s high school.
If you meet the state requirements for SAT/ACT score or curriculum listed above, but don’t meet UNT’s admission requirements, your application will be reviewed individually by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Testing – AP Credit, Online May 11-22
In response to school closings due to the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19, the College Board has developed AP Exams that can be taken at home, online this year from May 11-22, 2020. Free online AP classes and review sessions are available at youtube.com/advancedplacement to help students prepare for the 45-minute exams.
University of North Texas recognizes both the need for these changes and the effort that students have already made in these challenging courses. The university remains committed to granting students academic credit for the successful completion of 2020 AP Exams and our current policy for awarding credit will remain in effect for students who test in 2020. We appreciate students’ efforts to do their best under the difficult circumstances.
If you’re having difficulty obtaining official documents, we can accept high school transcripts via email from a high school counselor or registrar from an official school email address. We’re happy to contact your high school on your behalf. Feel free to email email@example.com if you need assistance.
Other ways we can help you get to UNT for Fall 2020
Our Freshman Orientation programs scheduled through the end of July will be offered virtually and the fee has been reduced to $105, with only $50 due when you reserve your session.
Our Housing deposit is now only $50 to secure your space on campus.
Paying for College
Additional Information for Non-Traditional Applicants
Early College High School (ECHS)
We understand that as an ECHS student, you are not the same as most incoming freshmen, so it makes sense that your admissions process should be a little different too. UNT has Admissions Counselors who can help ECHS students with planning, transferring your credits and admissions.
UNT recognizes home school programs and works with homeschooled students in their admission to the university. Homeschooled students must submit an official copy of their high school transcript along with their SAT and/or ACT scores. Each homeschool applicant is reviewed on a case by case basis.
In addition, homeschooled students must take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment prior to registering for courses. The TSI Assessment cannot be used in admissions decisions at UNT, but is necessary for adequate preregistration advising. For more information on the TSI Assessment, please visit UNT Learning Center's TSI web page or call at 940-369-7006.
Students who have earned a GED (and who either have not attended college or, if so, have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable college work) may seek admission to UNT through an Individual Review process.
On an individual basis, UNT may admit high school students to the freshman class after completion of the junior year of high school. To be considered, students must:
- be ranked in the top quarter of their class;
- have a strong B average;
- have completed 3 units of English and 3 units each of solid mathematics, social science and natural science;
- present minimum combined SAT (combined critical reading/verbal + math) score of 1180 or ACT composite of 26;
- submit letters from high school counselor or principal recommending early admission;
- submit a letter from parents or guardians stating they approve of early admission; and
- arrange an interview in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Under this program, high school seniors may be enrolled concurrently at UNT through coordination with the UNT Director of Admissions and the high school.
Adult Admission Program
Freshman applicants who have been out of high school for at least five years and who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours at a college or university may be eligible for admission to UNT under the Adult Admission Program.